Supporting the playful arts, in Australia and internationally

APILI collections

Among other functions, APILI will act as a research archive for the playful arts in Australia. That means that we will house works of and about play, such as:

  • Design documents and other records for all forms
  • Designs for play equipment, and in some special cases the actual equipment itself
  • Games of all sorts:
    • Board games,
    • Card games (including Living and Collectible Card Games),
    • Party games and social games,
    • Roleplaying paraphernalia (dice, miniatures, screens, maps, etc),
    • Rulebooks, modules, and other game texts for roleplaying games, story games, wargames, and so on,
    • Tabletop games not already covered by the board and card game categories (such as Hive),
    • Wargaming minis, scenarios, terrain, and other paraphernalia,
  • Performative, public, and crypto-public play (including Alternate Reality Games and Live-Action Role Play) rulesets, materials, records, and archives
  • Play-based workshopping, creativity, and conflict resolution tools
  • Puzzles of all sorts:
    • electronic puzzles (“puzzle games”),
    • jigsaw puzzles,
    • metapuzzles,
    • printed puzzle collections,
    • puzzle hunts,
    • puzzle toys such as Tangram or Rubik’s Cube,
    • …and so on.
  • Recordings and other records of playtesting and play sessions
  • Related books, periodicals and monographs, in printed and electronic form
  • Toys of all sorts, including those blending toy with game and/or puzzle:
    • construction toys,
    • costumes and cosplay equipment,
    • dolls and figures,
    • learning-focused toys and educational manipulatives,
    • mixed-reality toys and “toys-to-life” videogame elements,
    • roleplay props such as toy homewares and tools,
    • transforming toys,
    • vehicle and object toys,
    • …and so on.
  • Videogame software, hardware, and paraphernalia

We have already been fortunate enough to secure promises of donations once we have a site to store the items securely and appropriately, including:

  • a small but respectable collection of game- and play-related nonfiction,
  • a sizeable collection of roleplaying game material,
  • a huge collection of Lego sets from the early days of the modern minifigure (and a few sets from before that time) through to very recently,
  • a good-sized collection of tabletop games.

We are in further discussions to receive additional materials in all the above categories, in particular design documents from local designers.

If you have materials that would be relevant to our collections and would like to donate them, please contact us below: